The Iris Classics Centre at Cheney School is a vibrant community learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions.
Founded and run by educational charity The Iris Project, the Centre provides a permanent presence within the school for all pupils to engage with the Classics in a range of different ways, and also provides an exciting and accessible place for visitors of all ages from the local community to experience Classics.
We run annual community festivals, which have featured speakers such as Mary Beard, Bettany Hughes and Carol Ann Duffy, themed days, such as Ancient Astronomy and Roman Medicine, as well as a wide range of projects across subject areas, such Mosaics, Sundials and Classical-themed board game designs.
The space is decorated with vivid murals and many other features which help make it a lively and engaging place for all ages. We have a large lending library and a wide range of original and replica artefacts, as well as a collection of games, activities and information booklets.
We are very grateful to volunteers from the University of Oxford Faculty of Classics, other institutions and the wider community, who are involved in our many classes and events.